By the Grace of G‑d
29 of Teveth, 5736 [January 2, 1976]
Brooklyn, New York

Greeting and Blessing:

I was saddened by the news of the passing of your mother, peace to her soul. I extend to you and all the bereaved family my sincere sympathy and the traditional expression of condolence — “Hamakom Ynachem Esschem Besoch Sh'ar Aveilei Tziyon Vee'Yrushalayim”. May G‑d comfort you in the midst of the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem.

As has been explained on other similar occasions, the traditional blessing of condolence — linking the personal bereavement of a Jew with the destruction of the Beth Hamikdosh and Jerusalem of old — is significant in many ways, like all matters of Torah. Only several points will be mentioned here briefly.

Firstly, the personal bereavement of a Jew is shared by the Jewish people as a whole; as the loss of the ancient Sanctuary and glory of Jerusalem is shared by all Jews.

Secondly, just as it is certain that G‑d will comfort all mourners for Zion and Jerusalem, in accordance with the many prophecies of our Prophets, so will the personal consolation be complete at the time of the Resurrection of the Dead (T'Chiyas Hameisim).

Thirdly, just as the complete and final Redemption of our people is linked with the growing commitment of all Jew to order their daily life in accordance with the directives of the Comforter of Zion and Jerusalem, the Giver of our Torah and Mitzvoth, so it is expected of a Jew that the sad bereavement will be recompensed by greater adherence to the Torah and Mitzvoth in the daily life.

May G‑d grant that all the above be with Hatzlocho (success), especially that your position in the community gives you the responsibility and privilege to serve as an example to be emulated by others.

With blessing,